I’m a Google TV advocate. Being a techie, why wouldn’t I be? So, maybe I can’t understand why there’s so much bad press about the Android-based black boxes. Of course, I’m more of a reserved techie. I don’t mind watching the evolution of an idea as long as its done intelligently and doesn’t try reinventing itself. Often purging the original purpose of the machine all together.
I originally purchased the Logitech Revue Google TV when it first came out. I still use it. It can’t handle Amazon Instant Video, but that’s not GTV’s fault. AIV can run for a while, but often requires a hard reboot occasionally on my Sony NSZGS8 GTV box. Same goes with any poorly hosted on-line video. On the Logitech, forget about PBS’s Frontline on-line. And on the Sony, works sometimes. But not often enough to say it actually works.
What does work on both nearly flawlessly is Netflix and Google’s Play app based on their play.google.com store. Both are excellent for viewing streaming video in Full HD. Only, the Netflix app handles digital surround sound where the Google Play app gives you only stereo and analogue surround. Oh well.
What’s really fun is being able to stream Internet audio from iTunes Airplay to both Google TV boxes and to an additional Airport Express I keep in the dining room. The additional Airport extends the WiFi so it serves a purpose rather than just hosting audio into a Klipsch 2.1 system. That’s right, whole house audio built right into each TV/Google TV you have.
How about local streaming of content? Yep. Put a Media Tomb server on your network and you can host up any video codec the Android OS can handle.
And, for those times you want to get very techie, I have to recommend the Better Terminal Pro app. You can SSH and get access to the GTV FS.
I expect the evolution to continue. As of today Netflix is at about 44 Million subscribers, so the world of streaming video is only just beginning.